Office of the President Letters to Campus

Looking at Budgetary Reserves

Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. – 1/25/11

(This was published in the January 25 Daily Evergreen in response to
a January 24 Daily Evergreen article.)

As all of you no doubt realize, these are extremely difficult times for our university. In fact, never have we seen times quite as financially perilous as those we face today.

In facing a series of budget cuts—reductions which have, most recently, resulted in the elimination of 30 percent of WSU’s state appropriation in the past 18 months—we as an institution have exercised appropriate stewardship and will continue to do so.

Any claim that the university maintains $144 … » More …

A Growing Graduate School

Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. and Howard Grimes, Ph.D. – 1/5/11

(This Perspectives column is signed jointly by President Elson S. Floyd and Howard Grimes, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School.)

During a budget crisis, it is vital for any institution to maintain a sharp focus on its long-term priorities. As a university, we should protect the programs and funding that must remain in place for us to emerge with our strategic plan intact.

For Washington State University, our graduate students are vitally important to our strategic plan and we constantly seek to improve both the support packages for our students and … » More …

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